On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:44:37AM -0700, meekerdb wrote:
> But of course we can prove that a machine can think to the same
> degree we can prove other people think.  That we cannot prove it
> from some self-evident set of axioms is completely unsurprising.
> This comports with my idea that with the development of AI the
> "question of consciousness" will come to be seen as a archaic, like
> "What is life?".
> Brent

"What is life?" is _still_ a vexing question. Biologists don't worry
too much about it, because the answer to it doesn't really help their
day-to-day work. But in the Artificial Life field, it is more
acute. Mostly we dodge the issue by saying we're studying "life-like"
phenomena, and leave it at that, but at every ALife conference I've
been to, there has been a session (with multiple papers addressing
this or connected topics).


Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
Principal, High Performance Coders
Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
University of New South Wales          http://www.hpcoders.com.au

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